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Portrait of an Enlightened Teacher
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Portrait of an Enlightened Teacher


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Description This engaging portrait suggests that a sculptor sometimes relied on his own creativity rather than on the rules and schemes that governed the production of images of the gods. The unidentified teacher was clearly thought to have reached an enlightened condition, because the position of his right hand evokes images of Shakyamuni on the night of his enlightenment.
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Claude de Marteau, Brussels, Belgium [date and mode of acquisition unknown] John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, August 1973, by purchase.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2013

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Period
13th century
Medium
copper alloy with silver and copper inlay
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
54.3088
Measurements
H: 8 1/16 × W: 6 15/16 × D: 6 in. (20.5 × 17.6 × 15.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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